In Response to Re: Harsh Reality for Devin
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Harsh Reality for Devin : I agree. I think this is completely overblown. BB played a lot of man early out of the lockout and with new Safeties after Meriweather and Sanders leaving. In those cases, McCourty had struggled, but his last 2 games have been much better. Also, he gave up 2 TDs early last year, too and then totally turned it on after that. Not excuses, but I am not buying this "sophmore slump" routine or drama from people who claim he's all of a sudden not a top notch CB. He's been inconsistent so far, no doubt. You don't become that good consistently as a rookie by accident. We're talking about someone who was considered elite as a rookie and on a team that started a bunch of rookies on it. This year, the D is has been on the field a lot as well due to a sputtering and sometimes explosive, quick strike offense, opening up more chances to be taken on that right side, the easiest side for QBs to throw to. The D has has improved with pass rush, using effective zone and getting healthier as well. The entire D has improved in recent weeks.
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Don't even bother Russ...
There's so much of a false premise RE: DMC's struggles, that one doesn't even know where to even begin to try to explain the reality here.
And good grief, I'm not simply talking about the dozen or so myriad of most often unmentioned determiners, which people fail to account for... Nope. When even paid Pats beat writers, are simply 100% false in giving they're amazingly incorrect takes on things like Pats DBs (and specifically, DMCs) coverage schemes...currently and in '10... It's UN-real.
Manza-Young=There's 1 right tthere. I read some take by her discussing how "much of DMC's slump" can be attributed to the fact that in 2010 DMC almost always played in zone-coverage, and in 2011 NE had him in man coverage, which "wasn't his strong-suit to jam receivers at the line, <b/c of his decent CB size, I believe? />."
Really. I mean how much different sh#-t is wrong right there alone?!?
Bench McCourty?!? Bill Belichick should be tellin' DMC to just "bear with him", as He's apologizing to Devin for god's sakes.
Look folks, Last season DMC played WAY, WAY more press-man coverage... And this year? It starts with simple (but not "hard-jamming the wideout")- bump and run, as DMC's at the LOS, but Belichick doesn't have him even attempt the jacking up of his wideout (It WAS a sensible thing in 2010 <hard press-man CB coverage />, given zero pass-rush, 2 veteran Safety help, and in an original bend-don't-break fairbanks 3-4 Defense). IF DMC got burnt right at the line, like Coaches worry about when playing your CBs hard right at the LOS, It would have been, and WAS, a much less-riskier situation given NE's overall D scheme, last season.
And now...? Often in a scheme with not 2, but just 1 Safety... AND, said current Safety (or Safeties) being just awful in light of the 2 Safeties BB released (Sanders..and sadly yes, Meriweather too), couple this with less LBs dropping into coverage... And BB has DMC doing the following: Lining up the same (right athe LOS), but playing a bumping style of DB coverage as the receiver is releasing from the LOS (not pressing hard)....<and it's been this day since Game 1 this year)=BUT THEN, DMC will either be playing standard man-coverage against the pass <staying on this wideout /> (He was aked to do this a bit moreso in the first 3 games)...OR, He quickly drops off his man while in route, as DMC sets-up, reads the QB, and occupies a zone-coverage area of the field to defend against any eligible receiver coming into his bubble (which other Pats Defenders dropping back are doing in these circumstances)...<this second one has now taken over as the majority of the called pass-coverage designs within the last 3 games>
~An "of note" here: I'd bet every penny I have that even IN these bump-and-run To zone-coverage CB set-ups, That IF and WHEN the guy that DMC (i.e. usually the best receiver), catches the passed ball in a coverage bubble area outside, or even as/when the receiver's route tree moves outside of DMC coverage area, I'd be willing to bet that due to the fact that BB has been changing his DBs going from bump and run man, to lining up in bump-man, THEN shooting into zone duties, THAT when this happens and a wideout makes the reception, It'll get credited/attributed as a targeted catch made against the original CB in the first place~
Look...I'm not even gonna bother with the 1000 other contingencies people... First, just take a look at both team & player stats and even attempt to go play-by-play within the game review itself: Take note of the sheer insane number of TTs that NE's CBs are tallying thus far...Look down and see the D-Linemen and several LB Tackle stats...Then go and check the play-by-play, and see yourselves how a scarey amount of Tackles that Pats CBs are tallying, are NOT on receivers...but on Runningbacks on Running Plays.
Next go to ESPN (yes...sorry). They'll offer a snap count total for each Pats Defender and for every game... DMC? He's been off the field during 1 Defensive snap in ALL of these 6 games so far. Bodden was on early in the year... But in 3 games or more now, Bodden's on-field about 2/3's- to 1/2 (or less) of the time (Hip, Hand, Hand, Hamstring, and Thumb=His injuries thus far...in 2011...6 games played). But either way, whether it'd be a called man-coverage, or a zone-coverage set-up per play, Bodden would most often be seeing the side of the field with the oppossing Offense's #2 CB (DMC would be seeing the #1 WR moreso). And Arrington? There's sooo much discussion of how absolutely great he's been... And lmao, first hah-Look, I was ranting over and over about resigning Kyle Arrington this offseason... First season on NE in '10, ZERO pass-rush, #2 starting CB??? He held his own EXCEPTIONALLY well (and totally unappreciated) Last Season... And this year, Arrington's doing GREAT too... But ya gotta understand, that in the first 3 games, Arrington was almsot ALWAYS-only on the field during multiple receiver situations, as a slot CB (meaning Arrington <and the guy's good />...BUT this means Arrington has a distinctly easier job assignment in Games 1-3, upon seeing the other squad's #3 skilled receiver when he's out there. Even in Game #4, Arrington finally started in the #2 CB spot in place of Bodden...BUT for that game, when Bodden came on, just like Kyle did in multiple receiver opposing sets, Belichick would have BODDEN take the #2 CB spot (for these plays), while Arrington during these instances, again moved to the nickel CB duty...
Finally, Find a sight which offers up the total QB dropback snaps the Pats sent 4 men, VERSES the total number of snaps that NE blitzed (i.e. sent 5 or 6 pass-rushers, delayed or not)... Mind you, this is NOT the same thing as a count of how many times, NE's Defense was in precisely WHICH pre-snap Defensive Alignment (4-3, 5-2, 3-3-5, etc., etc., etc).
Fact is, you'll be astounded at how many Opposing QB drop-back times BB sent 1 or 2 extra guys).
So...Once ya do this, Ask yourselves if perhaps the sheer weight and great contribution of Andre Carter's 2 and 1/2 or so late-in-the-game sacks, Just might be a tad bit overstated in worth...
~Look, I could go on and on...
But Devin McCourty benched!?! Look, IF you like your Pats Team winning games...you had better hope that NONE of the following 4 Players on The Patriiots Defense, misses ANY time <in no order />: Patrick Chung, Vince Wilfork, Brandon Spikes, And...Devin McCourty. Even 1! of these guys goes down, and things could get VERY ugly, very quickly.